Denny and Mike O'Brian and unidentified bartender in William Finnigan's Saloon. Circa 1912. Courtesy William Finnigan collection.
Jim Finnigan's home west of Noxon, circa early 1900s. Courtesy William Finnigan collection.
"These toughguts were white kids 22 or 23 years old. George Music and George Brown. They came in my store and told everybody to get out. 'We're going to have a rough house here,' they said. And they were going to lick me.
"That was kinda foolish on their part," Weare would chuckle as he related the tale.
"One of them come around the front of me and the other come behind me. The one behind me had a knife and I didn't know it. But I hit the first fella and he just went down like he was beefed. And he stayed down. He never got up. But the other fella stuck a knife in my back as I was turning towards him. He just hit the shoulder so it didn't hurt me much. If he'd hit me right in the back, it'd of killed me. I went after him. And I put a head on him he could of drank out of a barrel."
Five year old Blanche Gordon poses with
John Coyer and the two char caught in
Bull River, circa early 1900s. Courtesy
Granville 'Granny' and Pauline Gordon
"There was always plenty of fish in the river and creeks," Helen Berray said.
"They were very good eating. There were firm fleshed whitefish, also, but they weren't too good eating but had a mild flavor.
"In late August we fished Ross Creek that fed into Bull Lake. There we used different kinds of fly hooks. We used ten pound salt sacks, two together, one inside the other with a piece of rope to hang over the shoulder, or a piece of overall strap to carry them home. Before we put the fish in them we would either pick some green fern or thimbleberry leaves and put in the bottoms to keep the fish from packing so close and getting soft before we got home.
"What we couldn't keep and eat right away I would make sardines of and can them, or can them with light mustard sauce.
"The deer were always plentiful and often we even canned some of it. We used to trap bear and eat them and use the fat to cook with. Bear oil was also very good to use if you had any trouble with bad dandruff or certain sores on your head.
"You shampooed your head good and put on bear oil but you really needed a cap of some kind at night to keep the oil off the pillow. It sure would help you to have nice hair.
"There were lots of grouse and we had them to eat most all during haying season. We never ate too many wild rabbits, as there was never many. At Heron there were lots of big gray squirrels and my brother, Frank, used to kill them and dress them. Mother would roast or fry them. They sure were good."
NPRR Depot at Noxon circa early 1900s. Courtesy Norman and Betty Larson collection.
"when he wanted it right to the center of a pin head I got disgusted and I threw down the chain and quit. He was about eighty years old and was the crabbiest old man I ever knew," Weare said.
"I think I explained to you some time ago that the company owns all of the land at Noxon and that there has never been any town site platted there. A number of people have put up their buildings on our right of way. To relieve the embarrassment (sic) of the situation you authorized me to have a small town site platted there. Such has been done, and the plat is enclosed herewith, for execution. I have made the town site about as small as it is possible to do so, as there is no likelihood that there will ever be a town of any size at Noxon."
The Noxon Hotel, owned by Mrs. Lena Baxter, was located at the west end of main streeet. Circa 1918. Courtesy William Finnigan collection. The General Merchandise Store to the east.
Caption: George Buck's General Merchandise Store, built in 1908. Circa 1910. Courtesy Clayton Bauer collection.
L. G. Wagner with his oxen team in Noxon, probably at his own building. Circa 1908. Courtesy William Ellis collection.
Grant Clark built this hotel on the hill. He sold it to Pauline Gordon, who added another wing. It was reported to be the best eating place in all of Sanders County while she operated it. Courtesy Stella Gordon Dameron collection.
Noxon's 1st schoolhouse after first addition was added. Cleo Gore is the child in the swing. Courtesy Ed and Carrie Gore collection.
Students and teachers, circa after the addition to original Noxon schoolhouse. Courtesy William Ellis collection.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, June 7, 1907, and Sanders county court records.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, January, 1908.
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, February 21, 1908. James Hylent opened his bar March 18, 1910 in the new town of Trout Creek and it quickly became so popular that tokens were minted bearing the description "Hylent House" (Only three tokens are known to exist. In 1983 one sold in Spokane for $100.)
- Sanders County Independent Ledger, May 21, 1908. (The beautiful mahogany back bar and mirror was moved from a barn where it had been stored for many years to the Halfway House bar on Bull Lake in 1970 by Josephine Goff. She restored it to its former elegance.)
- Don Maynard oral tape-recorded history.
- Sanders County commissioner's record: School was convened on September 4, 1906 at Noxon for the first time after Sanders County was formed. Miss Nina E. Clawson taught the term that closed April 26, 1907. Census for Noxon area listed 37 children between the ages of 1-18.
- The pupils in the spring of 1907 were Ellis Anderson, Melvin Anderson, Madeline Brown, Vic Anderson, Cora Brown, Elizabeth Evans, Amelia Evans, Fern Fulks, Ruby Fulks, Mary Hampton, Lillian Raynor, Arthur Raynor, Neil Weare, Ruby Engle, Charles Knutson, Florence Whitford, Alexander Dun, James Riley, Goldie Fulks, George Hampton, Ernest Raynor, Edward Raynor, Mildred Weare, Alma Engle, John Knutson, Pearl Whitford, Letta Whitford, Mary Haugen and Lewis Bridget.
- The school board was composed of J. E. Knott, Chairman, S. S. Brown, Clerk, and Mr. Van Dyke and William Beebe. It was still District No. 3. Records at the courthouse show that when school resumed the fall of 1907 Charles Wiggins was the teacher and District No. 10 had been formed. Mr. Wiggins was teacher again in 1908.
- Ed Hampton was the first Clerk for School District No. 10. The first trustees were all three appointed on Sept. 12, 1907, which must be the date of annexation from District No. 3. Miss Josephine Bunn and Mr. Jim Saint taught classes there. Mr. Kurr, Mr. Styler, and Mr. Moran were the next teachers, respectively. Little seems to be known about them with the exception of Mr. Moran, who is reputed to have had the habit of throwing erasers at his pupils.
- The voting registration boundary was changed to make Noxon Precinct No. 5. West of Tuscor to Smead Spur on the NP Railroad. Heron became Precinct No. 6 to the Idaho border.